Posted: 20/10/2014 at 17:02
On the back of little training and with some speed walking during miles 20-24 I got round in 4:11. At about mile 24 I caught sight of my brother ahead which really spurred me on. I got past with less than half a mile to go and managed to keep going.
The downside of water bottles is that most people seem to only take a sip and then throw the bottle down which becomes a nightmare job for people clearing up to empty them all. Where there are bottles I carry mine until it's empty and leave it at the next water station or at the foot of a race sign.
The secret to drinking out of a cup on the run is to squeeze the lip of the cup between your first finger and thumb, creating a spout which you can drink out of easily enough.